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Nel's GeneAddiction

Hall Family History

My most elusive ancestor, my great grandfather, Abner Webster Hall, has come out of hiding. Abner was born in Quaker City, GuernseyCo, Ohio, in 1849, the son of John B Hall and Anne Kuntz. Although not proven yet, it appears that Anne was John's 2nd wife. John was listed as 57 yrs old in the 1850 Ohio census and Anne listed as 39. Although John is listed as born in Ohio, if true, his parents would have been amongst the very earliest settlers of Ohio in 1793. I have yet to prove his birthplace.The children shown in the 1850 census were Daniel, 15; Benjamin, 13; Josiah, 12; Azariah, 10; Mary E, 8; Elizabeth, 3; Abner, 1; and a young girl, Susan Marshall, 13.

Although possible that Anne is the mother of all the above children, she may also have been a widow and mother of only the youngest two children, Elizabeth and Abner. Were these children the issue of John B Hall and Anne or the issue of Anne and a possible first husband?

I have since found Anne with Josiah, Mary E, and Abner in WarrenCo, Ia. All 3 children married in WarrenCo. It appears John B died before 1860 as he is not shown on the Iowa census with Anne, who is living with Josiah in 1860.

I have found Daniel Hall living next door to John B in the 1850 GuernseyCo, OH census. Neither are listed in the 1840 Guernsey census. But in persuing the possibility that John really was born in OH, I began searching those counties that were formed from WashingtonCo, the first Ohio county.

In the 1840 LawrenceCo census there they were again, both Daniel and John (no B) on the same page. And this is where I sit in my never-ending search for a much too common name.



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Last updated January 4, 1999